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Major Events Secured for Four More Years

Thu 17 May 2012

Scott Bacon

Minister for Tourism

The Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon, today said he was looking forward to a packed calendar of festivals across Tasmania bringing a range of economic and cultural benefits to the state.

Today's budget sees increased support for major events over the next four years with the allocation of funding to new and existing major events to be overseen by a newly formed Major Events Steering Committee.

"Arts, sport, food and culture lovers can look forward to some of Tasmania's most loved events for the next four years following increased events funding in today's budget," Mr Bacon said.

"These events will play a major role in the growth of the state's economy, and I'm pleased the Budget includes an additional $5.2 million investment in major events funding, bringing the total events budget to $18.3 million over the Forward Estimates."

Mr Bacon said major events are a key driver of growth for Tasmania's Tourism and Hospitality sectors.

"Between them events such as the V8 supercars, Targa Tasmania and the Australian Wooden Boats Festival entertain tens of thousands of visitors each year," he said.

"Other events like The Festival of Voices and MONA FOMA also increasingly help sell Tasmania as a year-round tourism destination.

"The flow on effect of this investment into local shops, hotels, pubs and restaurants provides a much needed boost particularly in the traditionally slower winter months.

"It is important that we invest in major events that generate broader economic returns and make Tasmania an attractive place to live and work while providing certainty of funding over the coming four years.

"The nature of the support for existing and new events will be considered using established guidelines by the newly-formed Major Events Steering Committee, which comprises senior government representatives from the tourism, community, culture, recreation and sport sectors."

Major Events Secured for Four More Years